Cincinnati Bengals: 5 players who can make a splash in the preseason

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Keandre Jones #4 of the Maryland Terrapins (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images) /

Cincinnati Bengals to watch for in preseason – No. 4: Keandre Jones

Ohio State Buckeye turn Maryland Terps linebacker, Keandre Jones, had sparse production at OSU but once he transferred to Maryland and got on the field more, he was able to show his worth. Jones logged 73 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks and three forced fumbles in 2019.

He signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Chicago Bears. Unfortunately, he was unable to carry over the momentum of a great senior year to a UDRFA year without a proper training camp and preseason. He now has that opportunity this year with the Bengals.

Cincinnati Bengals to watch for in preseason – No. 3: Thaddeus Moss

Thaddeus Moss is a former LSU tight end and college teammate of Joe Burrow, Ja’marr Chase, and Tyler Shelvin. Last year, in a bit of an upset, he went undrafted. Coming out of LSU, Pro Football Focus said that Moss had the “best hands”  of all the tight ends in the draft.

"“This is quite easily Moss’ calling card. He was as reliable as they come this past season at LSU. In fact, he didn’t have a single drop on 47 catchable passes. It’s difficult to get much better than perfection.”"

He signed a UDRFA deal with the Washington Football Team, in the process, turning down a deal with the Bengals. He was not given much of an opportunity in Washington due to an injury. He was placed on injured reserve in August 2020 where he spent the year until WFT released him on April 9.

Once that happened, the Bengals were able to get the tight end off waivers.

This is a good sign for him because it shows the determination from the organization had to require his services. Now healthy, hopefully, he will have a proper preseason to show what he’s got. Burrow gets his tight end from his college days back and while the Bengals look to have their tight end position already figured out, Moss has a shot to make a dent in this offense.